I hope all your New Year's are off to a great start! I started my day off by speaking with my 90 year old grandmother - she spent the call listing everything bad that happened to to her in 2017. Fingers crossed 2018 leads to warmer weather and better behaved cats grandma! 2017 was a rather turbulent year for me as well. I changed just about everything in my life (job, apartment, relationship), met incredible people, and saw many inspiring places.
As a travel blogger, it is expected that you share all the extraordinary places to travel to in the coming year. I find that usually these lists encompass remote, obscure, and expensive places that require a cringeworthy amount of PTO and money to spare to visit. Out of obligation for my craft, I’m sharing my top five picks of places to travel in 2018. Some may be far and obscure, but they are all accessible, interesting, and offer something for every budget.
Few places have surprised me as much as Tbilisi. I loved everything about this city - the culture, the food, the architecture, and most of all the history. Georgia has had a rather turbulent history and this is apparent in the many different styles of architecture seen throughout Tbilisi.
Tbilisi has something for everyone. There are vibrant bars, trendy shops, architectural marvels, hot springs, waterfalls, and world class restaurants all within the city confines. It is also a perfect home base for visiting vineyards, monasteries, ski resorts, and the Caucasus Mountains. I recommend visiting during the summer or winter.
When I was younger I went to Milwaukee for two reasons - to visit the Milwaukee Public Museum or go to a sporting event. Milwaukee is currently going through an incredible transformation and becoming a hub of culture, great art, and exceptional food. A visit to Milwaukee is not complete with a stop in The Third Ward. This historic neighborhood has recently been revitalised and is now one of Milwaukee's creative hubs. The neighborhood is filled with trendy restaurants, bars, and shops. I recommend visiting during the summer months and if you can plan your visit during Summerfest, a large music festival that Milwaukee hosts every year.
Ask any of my friends where my top place to visit in 2018 is and they will say Mexico City (I’m sure they are all tired of me talking about it). For me, the draw to Mexico City is a combination of the vibrant architecture, restaurants, and chance to explore somewhere a little different. It’s also a great alternative to visiting Cuba (without all of the expensive hotels,pricey visas, and other restrictions). For the best weather visit Mexico City in the Spring.
Mexico city is at the very top of my list of places to go in 2018. Mexico City is a hub for art, food, and culture.
I could write an entire book on all the things I love about Malta. With its fascinating history, awe-inspiring architecture, gem colored waters, and mouth watering food it came as no surprise to me that Valletta was named European Cultural Capital for 2018. One of my favorite things about Valletta is how authentic it feels - it is one of the few European cities I’ve visited that is devoid of nick nack and souvenir shops on every corner. Malta can be expensive, however you can avoid the high prices by eating at local restaurants, using Malta’s easy public transit system, and staying in Sliema (a town directly across the bay from Valletta). Visit Valletta in the Spring or Fall for good weather and smaller crowds.
Vietnam has been a bucket list destination of mine for a while. he biggest draw for me to Vietnam is the food. I could live off of Pho and the food markets look incredible. In recent months there have been plenty of deals to Ho Chi Minh City making this destination more accessible than ever before. For the best weather visit in the Spring or Fall.
Happy trip planning!